Confessions of a Magazine Junkie

Now that we know where we’ll be living now, I feel like everything has been thrown into motion with house hunting trips, farewell parties, scheduling the movers, pre-packing a few things to get them out of the house – even though the movers will re-pack them. Why? It sounds so futile, but it helps to get us organized for the move so we can maybe get some of those neglected  hard-to-reach corners of the house clean.

It was after packing my third box of books, not even making a dent in the overall quantity or even getting to the cookbooks, that I rediscovered my pile of magazines. I wish I’d taken a photo of the stack. I found back issues of Taste of Home, Rachael Ray, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Clean Eating, and several other titles, including Conde Nast Traveler.

Hi, I’m Erin, and I’m a magazine-aholic.

It was with great sorrow last night that I set to going through the collection looking for “keepers”. “Keepers” to me mean anything that makes a room beautiful, anything that looks like it will taste amazing, or great flavor combinations. I tried really hard to limit this round of “keepers” to recipes, and then reorganized my cookbook binder. Plus, I kept a few whole magazines — when faced with Clean Eating, how can you toss any of them? (By toss, I mean recycle. Don’t worry!) It’s just not right.

It was a bittersweet feeling of accomplishment.

Tonight: scaring up boxes to pack more books. I read A LOT!

What are some of your moving/packing tips and favorite stories?

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7 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    I am with you on the magazines! I have stacks of Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Sunset, etc. It’s an addiction!!!

  2. Jai says:

    Erin, I feel your pain! I had copies of Gourmet from the 50’s (bought them in a used book/ magazine store). Had to sell them when I moved… can you imagine what those copies could be worth someday?

  3. Marea Davis says:

    I know exactly what you are going through! I had years worth of magazines that I packed into storage, even to the point of hauling them back and forth between AZ and NY! When it came time to make the big move to N. Cal I finally sat down and made hefty decisions; I let go and donated so many to Bookman’s, a local Tucson bookstore. My best advice is to clip the best, most memorable articles, recipes, and must-have tips, and compile them into one notebook/binder. This way the best is kept sacred and timeless and you can easily part with the excess. Of course, save the timeless issues for bathroom reading for guests and eye candy, but I guarantee you will feel so free ridding yourself of all that weight! <3

  4. I’m a fellow addict! I have all those magazine too along with sunset and Martha Stewart and Dwell!

  5. Kelsey says:

    ohhh i hear ya!! i switch back and forth from a magazine junkie to a health book junkie..but ive been back to magazines lately lol

  6. Hey Erin – I just started playing around with StumbleUpon and guess what turned up on a list of their recommendations for me…yup – this post 😉 Very cool!

  7. cooks-books says:

    I’m another magazine junkie. I have stacks and stacks I need to recycle. I haven’t yet because I want to look through them first, but I know that way lies danger…

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